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May 5, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Fracking hurts land owners

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Regarding fracking in Nevada:

The people in charge better talk to some of the farmers and others who have been badly hurt by that process. This is one of the worst ways to get a product out of the ground.

The land owners really suffer, both with their health and the destruction of their land. There are no restrictions on the type of “stuff” they inject into the wells. And lastly, where will they get the large amounts of water needed?

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  1. Everything hurts the environment. Breathing hurts the environment. Iy uses up oxygen.


  2. I constantly hear people harping about how laying a tax burden on our children and grandchildren is unfair. Yet they have no trouble destroying the evironment to satisfy their need for instant gratification in the form of profits. Fracking and mountain top removal is laying waste to what were beautiful areas in this country, but who cares other than the residents in those zones? After all huge profits are being made and future generations will learn to live with and in the mess left behind.

    Appalachia would be a classic example of how an industry can destroy a culture including the environment. The companies pulled out after making huge profits leaving poverty and devastation in it's wake.

  3. When humans mess with the environment, there are always adverse side effects. The practice of fracking has been around for a while, and where ever it has been, there has been scandals and coverups.

    When folks travel to and through wilderness areas, as there are in Nevada, they tend to think that there is nothing there worth protecting. That couldn't be further from the truth. Aside from the plants and animals who depend on that habitat, natural resources as water sheds, aquifers, forests, and minerals coexists there. Scattered about are human settlements who also depend on that environment.

    Just as there seems to be acceptable losses in life, so there are acceptable trade-offs going on with the fracking industry, they have lobbyists to insure their niche for profits here. This industry utilizes monitoring wells, water and air quality sampling, and have public relations employees to handle complaints. It's a well oiled machine that few have the ability to contend with.

    Blessings and Peace,

  4. For those of us that don't know what fracking is here is a brief discription of what it is and does.

    Fracking is a term used to describe a natural gas drilling technique in which thousands of gallons of fresh water,chemicals and sand are pumped into a shale formation to break apart rock and release the natural gas that is trapped below.

    The average well is up to 8,000 feet deep.According to reports shale fracking can produce as much as 8 million gallons of contaminents of wastwater per well.Approximately 10% to 30% of the water used per frack returns to the surface with the extracted gas.The remaining contaminated water remains underground.

    Gas companies who use the process of fracking,tell us that this method is safe for the environment.Only time will tell if having contaminated water from fracking, which is trapped underground will remain that way in years to come.

  5. Sadly what will really hurt farmers, especially small family ones, is the inheritance tax that will revert back to its original amount with the fiscal cliff dive on January 2, 2013. Why? For these farmers, the value of the estate is the land, not the contents. Tax the land at the full amount and the heirs of the farmers will likely be unable to pay. And lose their family farms, literally, not just figuratively.